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Holy places of the Buddha.
Dharma Publishing.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Dharma Pub., [1994]

Physical Description:
xxxi, 481 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm.
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BQ633 .H65 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Inspired by the ancient vision of pilgrimage as a way to connect heart and mind with the enlightened lineages and evoke the healing power of enlightenment in our world, Holy Places of the Buddha begins by describing the eight traditional places of pilgrimage from the Buddha's time to the present day. From there it traces the spread of the Dharma along pilgrimage routes of old across India and the Northwest into Afghanistan. Richly illustrated, the book draws upon the Buddhist teachings, traditional histories, travelers' journals not easily accessible to Westerners, and archaeological reports. Highlights include Nalanda and the other great Buddhist universities, Sanchi, the cave temples of western India, and Buddhist sites in Kashmir and Taxila in the northwest. Maps, site plans, illustrations, and photographs portray what was, what remains, and the magnitude of what was lost.

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Library Journal Review

Cook begins with a review of the shrines in eight Indian locations important in the life of the historical Buddha, including his birthplace and the place of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Citing relevant Mahayana texts, he explains why these places are important for Buddhism. Cook reviews each shrine's physical makeup, the types of pilgrimage and veneration associated with it through the centuries, the results of archaeological investigation, various modern pilgrimages to the shrine, and what may currently be seen there. He reviews six major Dharma (teaching) regions of India, then takes a geographical approach and surveys the various shrines and temples in various regions of India and also in Afghanistan. What makes the book especially useful is Cook's placement of the information about each shrine in the larger context of events in Buddhist history associated with that location. Recommended for informed lay readers.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.